Despite being roughly a thousand years old, Dublin is most definitely a 21st-century town. The cobblestoned streets, the splendid towers of Trinity College, and the gracious squares of Georgian Dublin still echo with history—but the high-tech boom of the past decade has radically changed the face of the city, particularly in the shining new Docklands area. Today’s Dublin is a confident, cosmopolitan hub filled with excellent restaurants, world-class theaters, and raucous nightlife—and, of course, storied old pubs, where you can encounter funny, gregarious locals in their natural habitat.
Roughly twice as many people visit Ireland each year as live there, and the appeals are obvious in Dublin. For the armchair historian, the literary traveler, or those who just want to experience the famous Irish welcome in one of the city's many pubs, there is plenty to fill a vacation. Unlike some other capital cities, it is easy to visit Dublin on foot (don't forget an umbrella as even sunny days often have a passing shower or two). Our Dublin travel guide will lead you to the historic sights but don't forget at the end of the day, to grab a seat in a pub, order a Guinness, and find yourself drawn into a conversation with new friends—perhaps the most memorable moments of Dublin travel.
Things Not to Miss in Dublin
Dublin's rich history and rolling landscapes make for a visit packed with variety. Some must-sees in Dublin include:
• Trinity College
• St. Stephen's Green Park
• Dublin Castle
• National Museum of Ireland
• James Joyce Cultural Centre
When to Go to Dublin
The temperature in Dublin does not fluctuate much during the year. The average temperature is around 41°F in the winter and 59°F in the summer. No matter when you go, be prepared for rain. August and November are the wettest months.
- The splendor of the Book of Kells at Trinity College and the mysterious gleam of ancient gold at the National Museum.
- A visit to the world-renowned Guinness Brewery (it should be your first stop on a long tour of Dublin’s legendary pubs).
- The majesty of Georgian Dublin and the Grand Canal on a quiet Sunday morning, followed by a trip along the shore of Dublin Bay on the DART train.